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Fistmas - Revolution Brewing Company

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Reviews: 58
Hads: 477
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 7.59%
Wants: 15
Gots: 104 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cadaugherty on 12-02-2010

Red ale brewed for the holiday season with specialty malts to achieve a beautiful deep red hue and the aromas of fresh baked bread, caramel, and stone fruits. Steeped with ginger root and orange peel.

31 IBU
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Reviews: 58 | Hads: 477
Photo of Rutager
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Extra from one beer bro to another. Cheers, bro. Can. Pretty messed up can that might give me nightmares, to be a bit more precise.

Pours a deep orange-amber with a finger of thick and creamy off-white head. Orange peel and some dark fruits, christmas spices. Smells a little stale but that's probably my fault for leaving it so long. Tastes pretty good. Citrus and dark fruits with light ginger, sweet and (even some savory) spice. Probably the best holiday ale I've had. I kinda hate the style but this is decent. (516 characters)

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to @Kevinpitts for this.
Can marked 11/2014
Pours a clear amber hue, topped with a medium packed finger of straw colored froth. Smell is very gingery. taste starts with an initial ginger/citrus bite. Kind of an orange zest, like one might top of a fresh batch of cranberry sauce with. Some malt tries to peak through with a little success. But mainly ginger. Not overpowering, more omnipresent. Finish is ginger, with a hint of nutmeg. Pretty good. Definitely unique. (475 characters)

Photo of Barnoloid
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can pour - bought and enjoyed around a mile from the brewery. This is a stellar seasonal ale. Beautiful copper to caramel in tone, pours with a foamy white head. Not overly spiced - the ginger and orange pieces are balanced and joined by an almost minty feel which invokes candy canes and peppermint. Complex and warming. A local favorite (338 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Clear amber in the glass, one finger head that lingers.

S-Rather malt heavy. Good deal of earthy spices and some nutmeg like flavors.

T-Rather malt forward. not much in the way of hops. The spices do not quite balance out the rest of the beer.

M-Lighter and not much carbonation

O-A decent beer but no where near Revolution's best. (340 characters)

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz. can into a pint glass.
The beer pours a medium-brown with ruby highlights in the light and a thin, tan head.
The aroma is really nice, full of orange and spice.
The taste follow the nose, I pick up plenty of citrus, a bit of ginger and holiday spices but nothing overwhelming. A nice blend. A very nice, lightly bitter finish. As it warms, I picked up a few chocolate notes.
The mouthfeel is medium and smooth.
Overall, a very nice beer for in front of the fire or sitting by the Christmas tree. Well done. (528 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A nice easy drinking amber. Nothing overly crazy going on here. Just an even keeled and well made brew. Don't see too many examples of this style out there being done well, so it's nice to come across one that comes off right. (226 characters)

Photo of Mikus
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep brown, with mahogany hue in the light. Nice. Smells of fresh, resiny hops and just a hint of lemon peel. Bright and refreshing tastes... some interesting spices (won't lie, can't pinpoint them)... I do like them though. Not the traditional Xmas spices from my experience. This is nice... I would say it is a very unique Xmas! Nice, clean mouthfeel. This is a really nice beer. Haven't had a subpar Revolution brew yet! (423 characters)

Photo of IPAGeorge
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a tulip

A. A beautiful slightly dark amber color. Quite a bit of haze. 1 finger khaki head.

S. I get some cracker or biscuit hair aroma with caramel and a nice amount of spice. Notes of nutmeg.

T. Backing up the nose big nutmeg and ginger with caramel and a sweet make character. Some piney hop flavor that finishes just a little bitter. Very enjoyable.

M. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation for the style that slowly subsides on there swallow and finishes a little chewy.

O. This beer really surprised me. Easily one of my favorite Christmas beers that really takes notes for the season and puts them on full display. Very well done. (676 characters)

Photo of Qbdoo
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A beautiful looking nut brown beer. Scent is fairly understated, a bit of ginger,cinnamon and nutmeg. Taste is similar, with a well balanced touch of hops and a solid malt backbone. I am wary of holiday beers but will definitely go back to this one. (249 characters)

Photo of mynie
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A hopped up take on Anchor's Christmas Ale, basically. Better balanced than you might assume, but it doesn't quite come together.

Smells of chinook along with cinnamon and ginger. Tastes like it smells only with more pronounced malt toastiness: starting with a medium-strength hops, moving into a middle and finish that's basically like liquid gingerbread. The two stages are each good, but they're plainly separated from one another and even as the can comes to its end, there's still a marked lack of cohesion. (517 characters)

Photo of spacecake9
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Now this is good. My first sip of any Christmas beer is always tentative - you never know what the spice load is going to be. This is a warm, soft on the tongue, drinkable Christmas Ale. That 12 oz. went down as easy as anything I've had in the last month. (259 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light amber brown color with a white head. The aroma smelled of hops, caramel, toffee and citrus (more hops). The taste had a solid sugary caramel malt base but also a big dose of piney, citrusy hops. Solid bitterness and a nice well rounded beer. Reminds me of hopped up american amber ale which I guess is what this is. I didn't get any spices or anything, just a straight ahead hoppy winter seasonal and pretty good. Worth snagging, I got to try it ontap. (472 characters)

Photo of GallowsThief
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a can into my tulip, from my man Kevinpitts. Thanks Kevin.
A – Poured out a caramel brown with a full two fingers of foamy, off white head that stuck around and left a nice lace on the glass.
S – Super fragrant brew. Floral hops, pine, orange, grapefruit. Very nice.
T – Immediately tastes like an IPA light with a nice burst of grapefruit and orange. Transitions to more of the holiday spice palate with some flavoring of Grandma’s fruit cake…except this is good and Grandma’s fruitcake sucked. I would describe the overall taste as odd but good.
M - Light and easy on the palate and leaves a residual sweetness. Lightly carbonated.
O – I dug this brew. Easy drinker and tasty. What more can you ask? (728 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.34/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Brew33 for the opportunity to try this. 12oz. can served in a shaker pint. Pours a lovely translucent mahogany hue with a loose, cream-colored head that sizzles and pops and gradually recedes into a fairly consistent slick. Nose expresses ginger, orange peel and something reminiscent of the spices you find in Chinese food - weird. Taste consistent with nose; fortunately the characteristics in the nose are muted by the malt profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body, perhaps a little watery, with a light carbonation and a slight acidity. Overall, this is a strange beer - I'd classify it as an asian-inspired winter warmer. Not something I need to revisit. (678 characters)

Photo of Chiefy770
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

12 Fl. Oz. Can
Packaged on October 22nd, 2014
Reviewed on December 3rd, 2014
Served in a Nonic Pint Glass

Eyes
Light brown body with a copper glow. Average sized foamy head collapsed and left a good amount of sticky lacing.

Nose
Floral hops really stood out. Strong backing presence of festive spices (think nutmeg, coriander, clove…. you know, your average wassail blend)

Mouth
Hops crossbred with spices hit the tongue first. The spices were pleasing… bold flavours but nothing too overwhelming. The brewery states they infused this red ale with ginger and orange peel… exactly what the tastebuds detected. The bulk of the spice lived in the malts. Semi-sweet notes of spice cake contained the vibrant hops, balancing this one out quite well.

Overall
Not bad at all. Well executed spiced brew.

85 (B) (814 characters)

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from the can into a goblet glass. The fourth beer of my 2014 twelve beers of Christmas.

A- Poured a very dark red color with off-white soapy head that left no lace.

S- Lots of big spruce notes and piney hops, some minty notes.

T- Tons of spruce, pine needles, and minty flavors dominate the flavor profile of this beer. Some cinnamon and potpourri flavors.

M- Lighter bodied, slightly watery, and pretty high carbonation.

O- This is a truly unique beer that does capture the flavor of the season without being as big on the traditional Christmas ale spices. . Not a bad beer, but not anything I would pick up again. It hits you over the head with the spruce, pine, and mint flavors, so you better be a fan of those flavors. (738 characters)

Photo of ConradSomm
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Loved the 2013 release. Generally not a big fan of Christmas beers but this one is atypical in that it doesn't have a fruitcake or spice profile. You definitely get the orange and ginger root. Big, juicy, and flavorful. (222 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz. can poured into a nonic.

(A)- Pours a clear nutty brown mahogany color. Produced some off-white froth. Decent retention.

(S)- A nice rich nutty but sweet profile to it. Some nutmeg spice with bits of raisin.

(T)- Slightly woody, but with a nice raisin sweetness. I like the nutmeg spice this has. An ever so slight juniper berry fruitiness to it underneath.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. Very minimal bitterness yet the spices and fruitiness goes well with its mellow sweetness.

(O)- Been enjoying almost everything Revolution has been putting out and this is one well balanced; not overly sweet beer great for the holidays. (649 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

---WARNING - THIS REVIEW IS DEEMED NSFW!---

A little background is in order here. This was a gift to me from the fine folks at @pinbeer Pinocchio's Pizza & Bottle Shop who know how dedicated I am to The CANQuest (TM), but what a gift! I love Chicago, I have been to Revolution B.C.'s taproom many times, I get that their logo is a raised left fist in homage to the revolution, but that is NOT how my mind works. Local friends hold and annual party for our mutual friend, Mitch, that they call "Mitchmas" and this CAN be the beer for the December 2014 event. Flash back to Portland, ME, 1990. An exhibit of Robert Mapplethorpe photos was on display in Boston, having been kicked out of Cincinnati weeks before. I tried, to no avail, to get my drinking buddies at Amigo's B&G to take the bus down to see it with me and so I set out on my own. The really shocking (for some) pics were tiny prints, under glass, and behind a velvet rope with clear signage designating the subject matter as potentially disturbing. Pour moi? Non! B&W photos of (an especially) homoerotic nature do not bother me. I am as straight as an arrow, despite having been described as "the gayest straight guy [he had] ever met” by an old shipmate. The best (?) pics were those involving a very darkly complected person and a pasty white guy engaged in various sexual positions, but especially that of fisting. Upon return to Amigo's that evening, everyone was curious as to what had caused the uproar. I tried to describe what I had seen in couched terms, but there is no way to dance around fisting. The young, fresh-faced server asked me what I was referring to, to raucous applause and laughter, leaving me to have to describe a VERY naughty act. Listen, if you feel compelled to engage in such, do not take it literally. Bodily orifices are NOT designed to receive a fist. Instead, extend the fingers, fold the thumb underneath them, and SLOWLY begin insertion, using LOADS of lubricant. Once engaged, if the recipient is down with it, SLOWLY ball your hand into a fist, but if not, GENTLY remove the hand as originally positioned. Even if the green light is given, remember to unclench the fist before removal. Also, be sure to visit the Joe Louis Statue in Detroit, which is a monument to fisting, in and of itself. Dr. WoodySavageRuthLove has spoken!

Think that was twisted? On the CAN, Santa is wearing a barrel and boots and apparently not much else. He holds a bag of presents over his right shoulder and a mug of beer in his left fist. From the CAN: "Fresh Beer"; "Brewed in Chicago"; "Keep Cold".

The loud Crack! revealed a brimful craft CAN and as is tradition at Chez Woody, an inverted Glug was CANducted. The pseudo-cascade formed two-plus fingers of thick, tawny head with excellent retention. When I demonstrated this technique at Garage (PHL), a young woman crinkled her nose and remarked, "Nicely done. Look at all of that head! It's going to take forever to settle!" My response? "Baby, when did you ever meet a guy that doesn't like head?" BTW, most of it fell in the time that it took me to type that, so there. Color was a mahogany-brown (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled of dried dark fruits commingled with a pleasant mustiness. Mouthfeel was big, full, thick and creamy. The taste was spicy, but I was having a tough time discerning precisely what was involved. Cinnamon, almost certainly, but with it, maybe nutmeg or allspice. I jut am not sure. What I CAN definitively say, however, is that it was not applied in a heavy-handed/fisted manner. It was just enough spice to dry it out nicely without blowing the bready malts out of the water. It had a sort of gingerbread-like flavor to it, in total. The finish was semi-dry, again, striking a nice balance between the malt and spices. Would I want a whole lot of this? No, but it would certainly have a time and place around the holidays. (3,921 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can courtesy of Jakeox pours a lightly hazed crimson color with a large cap of fluffy tan head. Nice retention and lace.

Nose is rich caramel and spruce-esque hops. Nutty with a side of fruitcake...quite nice.

Taste is has a nice earthy, nutty and toasted malt presence that is balanced well by piney-citric hops. Not sure what spices are used, but they are pretty subtle - maybe nutmeg. Whatever it is has a husky flavor. Mouthfeel is ok, it feels a little light for a Christmas Ale, but it goes down easy and is refreshing. I liked this one. (551 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Found this can at that Sandwich shop in Ohio I got the "lips of faith" beer. Like that beer they really need to mark down their post seasonal beers since this is now 6 months old.

A - Pours a bright hazy amber brow with a solid full inch plus of head from the can pour.
S - Once was bright juicy hops now is settled to a mix of pine and malty goodness. I can't really pick up on any "herbs or spices" so I hopefully can taste them.
T - I had to look it up but apparently under the juicy hops I am tasting a mix of anise, ginger, and allspice. Agreed at this point its weird but still quite good. Like eating a licorice covered gingerbread cookie it kind of works. Must have been strong spiced since the faded flavors of this are in every sip.
M - Light to medium its quite good.

Overall an interesting winter warmer still being enjoyed by me today during snow flurries and freezing rain months after canning. I would love to try this again fresh one day. (956 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
3.34/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. can into a standard pint glass.
Clear copper/amber in color, with a moderate head of off-white foam
Aroma-Faint hop and toasted malt note
Taste-Toasted malt, oakey, spicy, good dose of fruity hops. A bit muddled and unbalanced but not bad overall. Nice portability and conveniece in the can. A can makes for a nice "adult" stocking stuffer. (360 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz. can, with canned on date 11/26/2013 printed on the bottom of the can. A new holiday beer to me from Revolution Brewing, out of Chicago. I haven't had too much from these guys in the past, and I can't remember ever really being wowed by them, but here we go.

Poured into a Mr. Punch pint glass.

A - Pours a dark amber orange colored body with some small sediment floating in the glass. Two fingers of thick fluffy doughy tan head. Looks pretty nice.

S - Smell is alright, but not particularly appealing. Almost an old IPA like aroma at times. Faded pine needles / grapefruit. Earthiness / woodiness. Caramel. Grassy herbal spice rack notes. Some darker licorice / anise notes. Reminds me of how some of the Anchor holiday ales smelled and tasted at times. Some metallics imparted from the can.

T - Taste is of bitter grassy pine / grapefruit hoppiness. Dry bready caramel malt. Some spritzy cola. Ginger / anise / licorice spice. Some herbal spice rack notes.

M - Feel is crisp, lightly bitter, lightly sticky, but mostly clean. Some sticky green apple skin / bready caramel malt on the finish. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Easy drinkability.

Overall, it's not very impressive, but it's not bad for what it is. More bitter and herbal than other holiday ales, good carbonation, and easy drinking at 6.10% abv. I might prefer it better from the bottle next time.

Revolution Brewing Fistmas ---3.5/5 (1,421 characters)

Photo of sully11277
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Dark orange with a light brown head that sticks around for awhile.

S- Very piney, citrus juice, and some spices.

T- you get a lot of pine and bitter taste right upfront. Then you get the nice sweet citrus juice and then finishes with some spice.

M- Very light with nice carbonation.

O- Fistmas is a great Christmas beer. It is very different from the other Christmas beers out there. (391 characters)

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can in to pint glass, canned on 11/8/2013. Pours lightly cloudy reddish copper color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, orange rind, caramel, bread, floral, grass, pine, light ginger, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity of bright hop and moderate malt/spice notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, lemon zest, caramel, bread, floral, grass, pine, light ginger, and floral earthiness. Light floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, caramel, bread, floral, grass, light pine, light ginger, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice flavor balance and complexity of hop, malt, and spice flavors; with a great malt/hop balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice spiced pale ale style. All around good balance and complexity of hop, malt, and spice flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,387 characters)

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Fistmas from Revolution Brewing Company
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